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Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

A Guide to Proper Shoe Sizing

Choosing the right footwear is not just about fashion, it is a vital aspect of foot health and overall comfort. Wearing Ill-fitting shoes can lead to various problems, from blisters and calluses to more serious issues such as bunions and back pain. To ensure you are getting the perfect fit, it is beneficial to follow simple guidelines. This can begin by measuring your feet regularly, as their size can change over time. Stand up when measuring, as your feet expand under your body's weight. Remember that one foot may be slightly larger than the other, so choose shoes based on the larger foot's size. It is important to pay attention to both length and width, as a shoe that is too narrow can cause discomfort and potential foot problems. When trying on shoes, do so in the late afternoon or evening when your feet tend to be slightly swollen from daily activity. Walk around in the shoes to ensure they provide enough space and do not pinch or rub anywhere. Check that your toes have some wiggle room, and your heel fits snugly without slipping. Finally, consider the type of shoe you need based on your activity, whether it's running, walking, or formal occasions. Proper shoe sizing is an investment in your foot health and overall well-being. By taking the time to find the right fit, you can prevent discomfort, pain, and potential long-term foot issues. If you require additional information about various shoe fitting methods, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

It is important to find shoes that fit you properly in order to avoid a variety of different foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from East Ocean Podiatry . Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Shoes have many different functions. They cushion our body weight, protect our feet, and allow us to safely play sports. You should always make sure that the shoes you wear fit you properly in order to avoid injuries and deformities such as: bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and more. It is important to note that although a certain pair of shoes might be a great fit for someone else, that doesn’t mean they will be a great fit for you. This is why you should always try on shoes before buying them to make sure they are worth the investment. Typically, shoes need to be replaced ever six months to one year of regular use.

Tips for Proper Shoe Fitting

  • Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot
  • Don’t buy shoes that fit too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit
  • Make sure there is enough space (3/8” to ½”) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right
  • Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe, but by how the shoe fits your foot

The shoes you buy should always feel as good as they look. Shoes that fit properly will last longer, feel better, and improve your way of life each day.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Deerfield Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2023 00:00

Treating and Preventing Plantar Warts

Plantar warts, painful growths that appear on the soles of the feet, can be an unwelcome annoyance. However, there are effective ways to treat and prevent this viral infection. To tackle existing plantar warts, salicylic acid prescribed by a podiatrist may gradually help to dissolve the wart tissue. For stubborn or painful warts, a podiatrist can recommend cryotherapy, laser therapy, or surgical removal. To prevent plantar warts, maintaining proper foot hygiene is essential. Keep your feet clean and dry, and avoid walking barefoot in public places to minimize exposure to infection. Wear shoes that fit well, and change your socks daily. If you have a cut or scrape on your foot, cover it with a bandage to prevent the virus from entering. Finally, boost your immune system through a healthy diet, exercise, and stress management, as a strong immune system can help ward off the human papilloma virus, or HPV, responsible for these warts. If you have developed a plantar wart, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide appropriate relief treatments.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from East Ocean Podiatry . Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.


  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing


  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Deerfield Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

Causes of Burning Feet After a Run

If you have ever experienced the uncomfortable sensation of burning feet after a run, you know how it can quickly put a damper on your exercise routine. The good news is that there are both immediate treatment options and preventive measures you can take to keep your feet cool and comfortable during and after your runs. Take a break after running and elevate your feet to reduce swelling and ease discomfort. Suggestions for preventing burning feet after running include selecting the right pair of shoes. Ensure they fit well, provide adequate arch support, and are designed for your specific activity. Keep your feet dry with moisture-wicking socks designed to pull sweat away from your skin. These socks are especially useful in hot weather or during intense exercise. Stretching your feet and legs before exercise can improve circulation and prevent burning sensations. If you continue to experience burning feet after running, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for helpful treatment and prevention tips.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from East Ocean Podiatry . Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Deerfield Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2023 00:00

Are You Suffering From Nerve Damage?

Neuropathy is a condition that can lead to numbness or loss of sensation in the feet, but it can also cause pain. This condition is more likely to develop for those who are diabetic, obese, or with high blood pressure.

Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

Pregnancy and Foot Woes

Pregnancy is a transformative journey filled with numerous physical changes, some of which can lead to aches and pains in the feet. These discomforts are often attributed to the body's natural adjustments to accommodate the growing baby. One common issue is swollen feet and ankles, caused by increased blood volume and pressure on leg veins. This can result in edema, a condition where excess fluid accumulates in the feet and ankles, causing swelling and discomfort. Another reason for foot pain during pregnancy is weight gain, which places added stress on the feet, leading to arch pain or plantar fasciitis. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can also affect ligaments and tendons, potentially causing instability and discomfort. To alleviate these discomforts, pregnant individuals are advised to wear supportive, comfortable shoes, and to elevate their feet whenever possible. Additionally, engaging in gentle foot exercises can help to improve circulation and flexibility. Understanding these common aches and pains can help expectant parents navigate this incredible journey with more comfort and confidence. If you would like more information about specific foot conditions during pregnancy, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from East Ocean Podiatry . Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Deerfield Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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When it comes to fitness, the majority of people focus on sculpting their biceps or toning their abs, often overlooking the feet, which are one of the most critical parts of the body. Foot muscle strengthening, however, offers numerous benefits that extend beyond just your feet. Strong foot muscles can enhance your balance and stability, reducing the risk of falls and injuries, in addition to contributing to better overall posture. When your feet are well-supported, it positively affects your alignment from the ground up. Strengthening the foot's arches and intrinsic muscles can also help to alleviate common foot problems such as plantar fasciitis and flat feet. Many athletes have found that stronger feet provide a solid foundation, and can improve their agility, speed, and power. Foot muscle strengthening can prevent overuse injuries that often occur due to weak or imbalanced foot muscles. Incorporating exercises consisting of toe scrunches, calf raises, and foot stretches into your routine can help you reap these benefits and maintain healthy, strong feet. If you would like to learn about how to perform specific foot stretches, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can provide you with the information you are seeking.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries and build strength. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from East Ocean Podiatry . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate enough to not have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rises, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, and flexing the toes. It is best to speak with Our doctors to determine an appropriate regimen for your needs. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different, and the activities required to maintain strength in the feet vary from individual to individual. 

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Deerfield Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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